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Chicago Sky’s Kamilla Cardoso, No. 3 pick in the WNBA draft, out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury

CHICAGO – Kamilla Cardoso, the No. 3 pick in last month’s WNBA draft, will miss at least 4 to 6 weeks with a shoulder injury.

The Chicago Sky initially announced that Cardoso would miss Tuesday night’s home game against the New York Liberty. But a short time later, the team said the rookie center would be sidelined indefinitely and reevaluated in four to six weeks.

Cardoso’s injury is a huge blow to the Sky, who were hoping they and Angel Reese would give Chicago one of the WNBA’s most formidable front courts. Cardoso and Reese, the No. 7 overall pick, also appear to be early fan favorites in Chicago, which is trying to rebuild after losing all the big names from the team that won the 2021 WNBA title.

Kamilla Cardoso poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected by the Chicago Sky with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft.Kamilla Cardoso poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected by the Chicago Sky with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft.

Kamilla Cardoso poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected by the Chicago Sky with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft.

Brynna Maxwell, 13 takene in general in the draft, will also miss several weeks. Maxwell has a knee injury, the team said, and will be reevaluated in three to four weeks.

Cardoso led undefeated South Carolina to the NCAA title last month and earned Most Outstanding Player honors after finishing with a career-high 15 points and 17 rebounds in the championship game against Iowa. A two-time All-American, she led the Gamecocks in points (14.4 per game), rebounds (9.7 per game) and blocks (2.5 per game).

Cardoso’s injury was announced on the same night as the premiere of Full Court Press, a four-part docuseries from Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions and ESPN+ that followed Cardoso, Caitlin Clark and UCLA’s Kiki Rice last season. The first two episodes of Full Court Press will air on Saturday, with the remaining two airing on Sunday before being available on ESPN+.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chicago Sky’s Kamilla Cardoso out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury